Oakland International Airport, Terminal 1


Date:
1962
Architect:
Warnecke, John Carl
Neighborhood:
Oakland
Building Type:
Civic
Address:
1 Airport Drive, Oakland, California
Current Name:
Oakland International Airport, Terminal 1
Current Use:
Airport
Current Condition:
Good
Status:
Altered
In 1960, the San Francisco-based father-son architectural team of Warnecke & Warnecke was awarded the commission to design a new jet-age air terminal for the city of Oakland. Two years later, the Oakland Airport welcomed a sixteen-gate air terminal (Terminal 1), ten story control tower, and ten thousand foot runway. With its long concrete barrel vault canopy, the 1960s air terminal made a bold visual statement. If that wasn’t enough, suspended from the control tower was a restaurant/lounge, wrapped in four walls of glass.

The building is in good condition, however remodeling has compromised the original design integrity.

Selected Bibliography:
“The humanist architecture of John Carl Warnecke,” Allan Temko, Architectural Forum, December 1960, pp 96-105.

Cerny, Susan Dinkelspiel .An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area, Gibbs Smith, 2007.

Image credit: Dwain Faubion

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